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The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon is an American epic of the old West for our own times a novel huge in its imaginative scope and daring in its themes. The narrator is Shed, or Duivichi-un-Dua, a half-breed bisexual boy who makes his living at the Indian Head Hotel in the little turn-of-the-century town of Excellent, Idaho. The imperious Ida Richilieu is Shed's employer, the town's mayor and the mistress, and the mistress and owner of this outrageously pink whorehouse. Together with the beautiful prostitute Alma Hatch, and the philosophical, green-eyed, half-crazy cowboy Dellwood Barker, this collection of misfits and outcasts make up the core of Shed's eccentric family. And although laced with the ugliness and cruelty of the frontier West Shed is raped by the same man who then murders the woman he thinks is his mother, and the Mormon townspeople bring a fiery end to Ida's raucous way of life the love and acceptance that tie this family together provide the true heart of this novel. The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon is a beautifully told, mythic tale that is as well a profound meditation on sexualty,race and man's relationship to himself and the natural world.
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About the Author
Tom Spanbauer is the author of the novel Faraway Places. he lives in Portland, Oregon, and New Yoke City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Initially in took me a bit to get a hang of the writing style, but when i did, I really appreciated it. The themes for me ran deeper than race, sex, or religion. Something speaks to you from between the words in way most artists are never capable of. Unearths connections buried. All done with some humor no less. This book is really a true work of Art. But don't pick it up with those kinds of expectations. read the book like it isn't going to offer you anything but a good story.
If you are Native American, African American, or GLBT you must read this book. Following the lives and tribulations of a bastard child raised in a whorehouse we get exposed to the turn of the century old west in Excellent, Idaho. A fascinating read that will question and make you reflect on everyone of your core values.
This book, which almost DEMANDS that it is read aloud, is the best portrayal of American Culture and History I have ever read in fiction.
Tom Spanbauer has managed to write a book whose prose read like poetry touching the soul with images, feelings (emotions) and desires as apposed to words-words-words. My only complaint is that he hasn't published ten million more books for me to enjoy.
If I were to recommend one book, 'The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon' would be it. Mythical, compelling, sensitive, it captures the imagination in a way that I did not think the written word could. By far, the most impactful ficition I have been fortunate to read.